Let me tell you about myself.
I am a die-hard New York Yankees fan. Have been since I was 6. In fact, I had
the pleasure of reviewing the
New York Yankees Fall Classic Collector's Edition
1996-2001 some time back. It's a good review (if I say so myself). Go check it
out. I'll wait...
Done? So now you know my long history with the Yankees and you may be asking
yourself - "Why the hell are you reviewing this collection? You
know the (future) D'backs won this world series, right? You know they ended the three-time
defending World Series Champion Yankees' streak and were most likely responsible
for the departures of fan-favorites Scott Brosius, Paul O'Neill and Tino
Well, let me
answer the last two questions first - yes and yes. As for why I wanted to review
it, it's simple...games 4 & 5 contain some of the greatest moments in Yankee
games i've ever seen, with most of them involving the three previously mentioned
players. (More on that later.)
But enough about the Yanks.
I suppose one could say it's impressive that a ballclub, in its fourth
year of existence, could cut down the mighty Yankees. One could also rave about
the performances of co-MVPs Curt (future Red "bloody/ketchup" Sox ace)
Schilling and Randy Johnson (future unproductive Yankee "ace"). One could also
say the fact that the Diamondbacks posted a 1.94 ERA and held the Yanks to a
.183 (42-for-229) batting average (the lowest in a WS) is mind-boggling. I won't
say any of those things, but one could say them.
In fact, I find it hard to say anything complementary about the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Not because they defeated my team and not because i'm sure the loss instigated the
retiring of Brosius, O'Neill and Steinbrenner's decision to replace Tino with
No, the reason is September 11th.
Let me explain. After the terrorist attacks here in New York, it was a different
place. Not only that, but America was a different place. Tensions were high and
morale was low. People were overdosing on the evening news with the color coded
terror alert and Bush's promise that the "evildoers" will pay. They wanted
something to get their minds off the disaster - no matter how short that time
was. For New Yorkers, they found that distraction with the New York Yankees, who
were once more in the race for another World Championship. In fact, during the
days leading up to the playoffs, there were signs of support for both New York
and the Yankees - even in Boston! Leave it to a fairly new and
scrappy club to crush the spirits of both Yankee fans and New Yorkers.
Anyways, Major League Baseball Productions/A&E's latest release, the Arizona
Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Collector's Edition is a seven-disc
collection with each game, from the original television broadcast, on its
own separate single sided disc. Additionally, the seventh disc contains some DVD
extras (listed below).
From my previous
the New York Yankees Fall
Classic Collector's Edition 1996-2001 review (the words, not the pictures):
"2001 World Series - vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Game 4
Though there was no happy ending to this series, Games Four and Five stand
out as two of the greatest games i've ever experienced. Scheduled a month
and a half after the events of 9/11, Game Four was the first World Series game
to ever extend into November. It was also a highly emotional game for the city of
New York, the baseball players and fans. Thanks to a great pitching duel between
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and "Saint" Curt Schilling, the
game was tied through the eighth, until Arizona scored two runs to take the lead
3-1. In the bottom of the ninth, Derek grounds out, O'Neill singles to left and Bernie
strikes out. With two outs on the scoreboard, Tino Martinez - who had been
hitless in the series so far, only reaching base twice on walks - takes the
first pitch from Byung-Hyun Kim and drives it to the bleachers to dramatically
tie the game. Derek Jeter follows it up with a "walk-off" home run in the tenth to
win Game Four (it was the 12th time that a World Series game ended on a home run
and the fourth in Yankees history).
Later that evening during Game Five, the Diamondbacks held a 2-0 lead over
the Yanks until the ninth inning. After a heart-felt ovation for
Paul O'Neill from the fans during the top of the inning, the Yanks were down to their last out
with Posada on base, Byung-Hyun Kim on the mound and Scott Brosius at the plate.
And like Tino the night before, Brosius hits a two-run home run off of Kim to tie the game until
Soriano knocked Knoblauch in to score the game winning run in the twelfth.
Unfortunately, they didn't include this game, nor is it mentioned on the bonus
Along with the seven complete games, A&E has included some extra material,
such as Jeanne Zelasko's interviews with Grace, Womack and Gonzalez, as well as
trophy presentations and the final outs of the Division and Championship series.
If I were a D'Backs fan, i'd be pretty disappointed that the only participants
for the featurettes were Gonzalez and Grace, with co-MVPs Schilling and Johnson
So, how's it packaged? - Each disc comes in its own separate thinpack case with a
double sided cover that contains the rosters, stats, trivia and summaries for
each game it houses.
- Inside the Moments: 2001 World Series [8m 3s] - Originally broadcast May
14th, 1996 on MSG, this is the last inning of Doc's no-hitter against the
Seattle Mariners. He faces Ken Griffey, Jr, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Paul
- Winning the NLDS [12m 17s] - The last outs against the St. Louis
- NLCS Champions [6m 1s] - Byung Hung Kim against the Atlanta Braves.
- Craig Counsell Receives NLCS MVP Trophy 3s] - From the FOX
- President Bush Throws Out Game 3 First Pitch [2m 25s] - Bush takes
time off from searching for Bin Laden to throw out the first pitch before
- Luis Gonzalez Game 7 Post-Game Interview [1m 10s] - After hitting
the series winning single off of Mariano Rivera, FOX's Jeanne Zelasko
interviews Luis Gonzalez as he walks off the field.
- Mark Grace Game 7 Post-Game Interview [1m 41s] - A brief interview
with Mark Grace.
- Tony Womack Game 7 Post-Game Interview [1m 26s] - Yep, you
guessed it - a brief interview with Tony Womack.
- 2001 World Series Trophy Presentation [3m 15s] - Bud Selig
presents Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo with the World Series trophy.
- 2001 World Series MVP Presentation To Randy Johnson And Curt
Schilling [4m 27s] - Randy and Curt are given the MVP trophy.
- Destiny In the Desert [9m 38s] - This recap of game seven
features material from the Inside the Moments featurette.
So, how's it sound? - Each disc contains the
disclaimer "The game footage that follows includes occasional audio and
visual imperfections inherent in the master tapes." As with the New
York Yankees Fall Classic Collector's Edition, there aren't any issues with
the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track - which means that Joe Buck still
comes in loud and clear.
So, how's it look? - Each game is sourced from the original
broadcast and is in a standard fullscreen 1.33:1 television format. I'm not sure
if these games were broadcast in HD, but the picture isn't bad at all and it's
comparable to the original broadcast.
What'dyathink? - As usual, A&E has done a good job documenting the
2001 World Series. Then again, all they really do is slap the recordings on a
disc and put it out there. No remastering, just a few "extras" and that's it.
Then again, is there any more that's really needed? Even though the outcome is
not the one I would've liked, i'm glad to have the highly emotional (and
exciting) 3rd, 4th and 5th games on disc. Arizona Diamondbacks fans would
definitely want the first, and so far only, World Series run by the team in
their collection. And, as always, the facts on the the thinpaks covers are
always informative. Highly Recommended. And, though
I did warn you that this would be a biased review, here're some pics to make up